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  • ADEQ's VESP Program  - 

    The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) offers a variety of programs to Arizona's businesses in order to support environmental programs at their location. One program that organizations can take advantage of which not only supports »

  • Additional Designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)  - 

    On April 30, 2018, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final notice to designate all remaining counties that were not previously designated in the November 16, 2017 final rulemaking as non-attainment, »

  • Major Sources in Arizona - Different Than What You May Expect  - 

    Per recent ADEQ guidance on air permitting for new sources, ADEQ will generally treat a site as "Major" if the calculated site-wide non-fugitive Potential to Emit (PTE) is within 10% of the major source threshold. For example, if the NOx site-wide »

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  • Oil and Gas Air Summit Explores Implications of Serious Ozone Nonattainment  - 

     The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) hosted a meeting recently concerning the reclassification of the Denver Metro North Front Range area from moderate to serious nonattainment. This change would reduce the major source threshold by one-half »

  • Denver/Front Range Ozone Update  - 

    According to Garry Kaufmann of the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, based on 2018 monitoring data, the Denver Metro/North Front Range (DMNFR) cannot show compliance with the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the »

  • Emission Reduction Credits  - 

    The CDPHE hosted a meeting to allow stakeholders to ask questions regarding the Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) program. The presentation from the recent stakeholder's meeting is found here. The program applies to any pollutant regulated under the »

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  • Connecticut Enacts Two Major Climate Change Laws  - 

    Governor Malloy recently signed two new state laws addressing clean energy and adaptation to climate impacts on June 20, 2018. SB 9 increases the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030 and extends a number of clean energy »

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  • DNREC Proposes Changes to Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program  - 

    On August 8, 2018, the Delaware Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Control (DNREC) proposed updates to their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program codified in Title 7 of the Delaware Administrative Code of Regulations (7 DE »

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  • Illinois Hazardous Waste Updates (RCRA Subtitle C)  - 

    The Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) has proposed amendments to the current Illinois hazardous waste rules on July 26, 2018 that are identical-in-substance to the RCRA Subtitle C amendments adopted by the United States Environmental »

  • Update on 2018 ERMS Season  - 

    The Illinois EPA has a proposal before the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) to sunset the Emission Reduction Market Program (ERMS) under 35 IAC 205. ERMS is an Illinois State Implementation Plan (SIP) approved program for the Chicago »

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  • Quarterly Air Quality Contact Highlights - November 8, 2018  - 

    The next fee advisory meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2019.Data from SPARS and SLEIS will be migrated into the new electronic permitting system early 2019. IDNR is expected to have a draft of the new system with migrated data by March 2019. It »

  • Polk County Air Pollution Amendments  - 

    Polk County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on proposed amendments to the Polk County's Air Pollution Rules and Regulations. The proposed amendments will make the Polk County rules consistent with the Iowa Administrative Code recent »

  • IDNR Starts on Electronic Air Permit Application System  - 

    The IDNR has started working with a consulting firm to develop a new electronic air permitting application system to replace the old system (SPARS). The new system is expected to be online by December 1, 2019, for Title V and construction permit »

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  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Training Reminder  - 

    As we near the end of the year, make sure your facility is up to date on environmental training! If your facility is subject to any of the following programs, you are required to regularly train all applicable employees at the frequencies noted:SPCC »

  • Tip of the Month - Wastewater Discharges  - 

    Have you ever wondered what effluent guidelines apply to your wastewater discharges? There are various categorical discharge limits that have been developed by EPA on an industry-by-industry basis outlined in 40 CFR 401 through 471. Each categorical »

  • 2018 KDHE CAAAG Meeting  - 

    Trinity recently attended the Clean Air Act Advisory Group (CAAAG) meeting hosted by Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Here are the highlights from the meeting.Kansas Environmental Information Management System (KEIMS) KDHE is »

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  • Upcoming EPA Hazardous Waste Inspections in Kentucky  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to inspect numerous Kentucky facilities during the remainder of 2018 to evaluate compliance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) requirements. During the Meet with the Regulators »

  • Deep Dive into 401 KAR 63:020, Potentially Hazardous Matter or Toxic Substances  - 

    The Kentucky Division for Air Quality (KDAQ) regulates potentially hazardous matter or toxic substances (commonly referred to as toxic air pollutants or “TAPs”) through 401 KAR 63:020. This regulation applies to each affected facility that emits or »

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  • LDEQ Proposes AQ380 Rule  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the LDEQ proposed the AQ380 "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes" rule to amend LAC 33:III.504 - Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Procedures and Offset Requirements in Specified »

  • Latest on the 2015 Ozone NAAQS including SIP Revisions  - 

    On October 26, 2015, the EPA strengthened the NAAQS for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb). Murray Energy Corporation sued the EPA in September 2016 challenging the new NAAQS. On August 1, 2018, the EPA filed a final status report for »

  • LDEQ Finalizes Fee Increase Updates  - 

    The LDEQ finalized Rule MM020 on July 20, 2018. This rule is required to correct errors found during the implementation of MM018, the original fee increase rule effective May 20, 2017. The updates impact the following regulations: Louisiana »

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  • MEDEP Updates Title V/Part 70 Forms  - 

    On September 20, 2018, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) announced that it has updated forms for Title V/Part 70 applications to be processed under Chapter 140.The new forms have been streamlined to make them easier to »

  • MDEP Proposes Changes to Chapter 101: Visible Emissions Regulations  - 

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) is proposing changes to their Visible Emissions regulations in order to comply with a recent SIP call issued by the EPA. Chapter 101 was last updated in 2003 and includes up to two six-minute »

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  • Trinity and MCTA Presenting Air Compliance Program on November 29  - 

    Join us on November 29, 12:30-6pm for "Air Permitting & Compliance: What it Might Mean to You (and Your Neighbors)"The Trinity Boston office have been working with MCTA members to develop this program that also offers continuing education credits. »

  • MassDEP Updates TURA Regulations  - 

    A public hearing is scheduled for October 25, 2018 for proposed updates to the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) regulations. TURA requires some businesses to report on their annual use of toxic chemicals, conduct toxics use reduction planning, and pay »

  • MassDEP Updates their RGGI Regulations  - 

    On September 21, 2018, the MassDEP promulgated amendments to 310 CMR 7.70 - The Massachusetts CO2 Budget Trading Program, which implements the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The amendments establish the Massachusetts CO2 Budget through »

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  • MPCA Will No Longer Accept TANKS 4.09d Data  - 

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently announced that it will no longer accept emission calculation date generated by TANKS 4.09d. The EPA announced it will no longer support the outdated software of TANKS 4.09d and has been warning »

  • Trinity Consultants to Present at the Conference on the Environment on November 7th  - 

    Trinity Consultants will be presenting on two topics during the Air and Waste Management Association - Upper Midwest Section's annual Conference on the Environment (COE) on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. If you »

  • Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Title V Fees on Public Notice  - 

    The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has proposed to increase air fees for businesses that are subject to Title V air quality permitting. This change will amend the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) »

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  • MDEQ Accepting enHance Applications  - 

    MDEQ is accepting enHance applications for new members. enHance is a voluntary initiative to recognize environmental leaders in Mississippi. Participating organizations make a commitment to address and achieve on-going environmental improvements. If »

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  • Nebraska Tip of the Month - Requesting Trade Secrets  - 

    Does your facility claim any trade secrets in Tier II reports, TRI reports, etc.? If your answer is yes, make sure you are submitting the correct documentation! NDEQ released a new form this month (Form #18-031) which must be completed and submitted »

  • Tip of the Month - Wastewater Discharges  - 

    Have you ever wondered what effluent guidelines apply to your wastewater discharges? There are various categorical discharge limits that have been developed by EPA on an industry-by-industry basis outlined in 40 CFR 401 through 471. Each categorical »

  • When is Air Dispersion Modeling Required?  - 

    The current NDEQ air dispersion modeling guidance for both major and minor sources (as revised by NDEQ in December 2017) states that modeling is required when the net emission increase equals or exceeds the Significant Emission Rate (SER). Thus, »

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New Hampshire

  • Proposed Amendments to Fuel Sulfur Content Limitations in Env-A 1600  - 

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1600: Fuel Specifications (NHAR Env-A 1600). The proposed amendments reduce sulfur limits in »

  • NOx RACT Update in New Hampshire  - 

    Env-A 1300 established Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements for stationary combustion sources that emit nitrogen oxides (NOx). The rule specifies emission standards and various reporting and recordkeeping requirements for a »

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

  • Repeal of the NMAAQS Standard for TSP  - 

    Consideration for the repeal of the New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard (NMAAQS) for Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) was recommended in the Improving Environmental Permitting Initial Report, released November 14, 2012. New Mexico developed »

  • New NMED GCP-Temporary Control Permit  - 

    As of October 5th, 2018, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has issued a new permitting mechanism for oil and gas production facilities in New Mexico (excluding Bernalillo County, tribal lands, non-attainment areas, and City of Sunland »

  • Changes to GCP-O&G Registration Form and Challenges of Permitting Path  - 

    Since the issuance of the GCP-Oil & Gas permit over four months ago, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated both the Registration Form and the Air Emissions Calculation Tool (AECT) requiring more detailed information and »

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New York

  • New York to Adopt SNAP Program Rules at the State Level  - 

    On September 10, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he was directing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to enact legislation to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of refrigerants that »

  • e-Manifest - New York Hazardous Waste Program to Differ Slightly from New EPA Program  - 

    On June 30, 2018 the EPA launched its new electronic manifest (e-manifest) system. The system has been designed to handle tracking of all hazardous waste shipments electronically. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) »

  • NY Issues Good Neighbor Petition  - 

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) filed a petition on March 12, 2018, stating that pollution from upwind sources significantly contributes to nonattainment of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) »

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  • DEQ's Redbud Workshops  - 

    DEQ has announced the dates and locations for their annual emission inventory (Redbud) workshops:Wednesday, January 23, 2019, in Norman at the National Weather CenterWednesday, January 30, 2019, in Tulsa at the OU Schusterman CenterMore details and »

  • Notes from October 10th Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting  - 

    The final Air Quality Advisory Council (AQAC) meeting of 2018 had a full agenda. The first two rulemaking items, involving changes to VOC regulations in multiple areas of the Oklahoma Administrative Code, i.e., OAC 252:100-37 and 39, will be further »

  • Air Quality Advisory Council Hearing Scheduled  - 

    The next Air Quality Advisory Council hearing is scheduled for October 10 in the DEQ headquarters' meeting room (first floor). Based on the Notice of Rulemaking, the agenda will include discussions about five proposed OAC changes. The changes are »

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  • Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petroleum Sector) - Updates  - 

    The proposed federal regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on May 27, 2017. The purpose of the federal regulation was to mandate the implementation of a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program in petroleum refiners and »

  • Odour Study Descriptions  - 

    Odour nuisance is a subject that is arising throughout North America, however the quantification of odour is still a complex subject. It is important for industry to know that odour can be both quantified and qualified. Odour is inherently a complex »

  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting - October 1  - 

    Important News on the GHG FrontPlease be aware the Ministry of Environment is in the "wind down" process of the cap-and-trade program - which is being eliminated under the new government. The amendments to the cap and trade regulations formally came »

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  • Cleaner Air Oregon Rulemaking 2018 Proposed Rules  - 

    On June 25, 2018, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), published draft 2018 Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) rules for public comment. The 2018 proposed rules reflect changes from public comments received on the 2017 draft CAO rules and »

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Rhode Island

  • Friendly Reminder - Check Your Fuel-Oil Tickets for Sulfur Content  - 

    In 2018, each state in New England saw new rules come out for sulfur content in fuel oils. On or after July 1, 2018, it is illegal to sell, supply, offer for sale, store, deliver or exchange in trade fuels that do not meet the following sulfur »

  • RIDEM Proposes Revisions to Several Air Quality Regulations  - 

    On September 27, 2018, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) issued a notice of intent to revise the Air Pollution Control Regulations (APCRs) dealing with control of VOC.  More stringent VOC thresholds are proposed for the »

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South Dakota

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  • Tier I BACT: Exceptions and Alternate Controls  - 

    Tier I BACT (Best Available Control Technology) is a function of what similar facilities are deploying for a particular pollutant and is usually a function of time. Depending on if the permit is being filed for Minor versus Major NSR permit »

  • Electronic Filing Required for Stormwater General Permit Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs)  - 

    Effective December 21, 2016, TCEQ requires that the sampling results used to determine compliance with numeric effluent limitations be recorded and submitted through TCEQ's online Discharge Monitoring Report system (NetDMR). Facilities authorized »

  • Ozone Reclassification for DFW/HGB Areas Published  - 

    Last month we provided an overview of the anticipated reclassification of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Ozone Nonattainment Area (including Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties) and the »

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  • VTDEC Updates CO2 Budget Trading Regulations  - 

    On August 31, 2018, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) updated its Air Pollution Control and CO2 Budget Trading regulations. The regulations became effective September 15, 2018.The following changes were made:Lowered the »

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  • DEQ Proposes Revisions to Three VPDES Permits  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed to revise and reissue three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The proposed language was published in the October 29, 2018 Virginia Register of »

  • DEQ Revises Regulations for Emissions Trading  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has revised the Regulations for Emissions Trading (9VAC5-140) and proposed them to the Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) via the posted agenda and minibook at the September 28, 2018 meeting. »

  • Three General VPDES Permits Proposed for Revision and Reissuance  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed revision and reissuance of three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits for the State Water Control Board (SWCB) to consider via the posted agenda »

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  • Superfund in Wyoming  - 

    Did you know that Wyoming has two Superfund sites? They are in Cheyenne (the Warren Air Force Base) and just east of Casper (Mystery Bridge Road/US Highway 20). There are also nine hazardous waste corrective action sites. EPA maintains information »

  • Wyoming DEQ Annual Report  - 

    The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (Department) has released its annual report, available on the DEQ website. The report gives an overview of agency functions, and highlights the department's performance against seven goals:Investigate, »

  • WY-DEQ and EPA Sign Self-Audit Agreement  - 

    Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Director Todd Parfitt and EPA Region 8 Administrator Doug Benevento signed a memorandum of agreement establishing procedures and policies for administration of Wyoming's Audit Privilege and Immunity Law. »

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